UDA MPs respond to Ngilu, accuse her of corruption after her attack on Ruto
Kitui governor Charity Ngilu found herself in hot soup after Deputy President William Ruto allies termed her as the most corrupt woman Kenya has ever had.
The politicians under the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) who spoke in Thika town on Saturday, November 13 were responding to Ngilu, a day after she launched a scathing attack on Ruto over what she termed as the DP’s high affinity for disreputable conducts.
Led by Garissa Township MP Adan Duale, the politicians claimed that Ngilu’s appetite for public funds runs since her tenure as a Cabinet Minister in former President Mwai Kibaki's administration where they alleged that she stole from the Tanathi Water Services Board and National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation.
Ngilu who was the Water and Irrigation Minister was in 2010 questioned by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission in connection with alleged graft in parastatals under her ministry.
“She was given a job as the water minister by our former president but instead of watering the Ukambani region, she stole money from her ministry. It only took the intervention of the Uhuruto government to salvage the Ukambani region from dryness after the Jubilee government moved to build the Thwake dam,” Duale said.
Duale who was joined by a host of other leaders in reprimanding Ngilu among them Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa, senator Isaac Mwaura, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro and South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro said they will sue her for the ills she committed during Kibaki’s regime.
“If you are Raila Odinga’s friend, help him look for votes but for now, take note that we will sue you for all the illegalities you committed during Kibaki’s regime. We have not forgotten,” Duale added.
They further took issue with Ngilu for allegedly spearheading the burning of charcoal lorries belonging to Kiambu investors.
The Kitui governor had earlier denied remarks attributed to her regarding punitive action she recommended against charcoal merchants and sand harvesters in the county.
Speaking during former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Azimio La Umoja tour of Ukambani yesterday, the seemingly furious Ngilu exhibited her loath for Ruto to a point of remarking that she switches off her TV whenever she sees the second in command speaking.
During the visit by Deputy President William Ruto, the second in command reiterated that the country’s financial systems were broken and a solution was only pegged on reviving small and medium enterprises which comprise 80 per cent of businesses in the country.
Should he assume power next year, Ruto promised to set Sh 50 billion for the revival of small businesses which he said were yet to recover from the shockwaves of Covid-19.